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Oral health is not only important to your appearance and sense ofwell-being but also to your overall health Cavities and gum diseasemay contribute to many serious conditions such as diabetes andrespiratory diseases Untreated cavities can also be painful and lead toserious infections Studies are also currently examining whether thereis a link between poor oral health and heart disease and between poororal health and women delivering pre-term low birth rate babies 1 2The Canadian Dental Association defines oral health as a state of theoral and related tissues and structures that contribute positively tophysical mental and social well-being and to the enjoyment of lifespossibilities by allowing the individual to speak eat and socializeunhindered by pain discomfort or embarrassment 3 In a statistical report for the Canadian Health Measures Survey CHMSfor the Oral Health Component of the Canadian in 15 communities randomlyselected across Canada between March 2007 and February 2009 showed that57 of 6-11 year olds and 59 of 12-19 year olds have or have had acavity 21 of adults with teeth have or have had a moderate or asevere periodontal gum problem with an estimated 226 millionschool-days and 415 million working-days are lost annually due todental visits or dental sick-days The disease was also shown todisproportionately affect children living in poverty In addition to thehigh prevalence of caries low-income children faced barriers toaccessing dental care As a result oral health problems often gountreated further complicating the disease 4The UBC Faculty of Dentistry program for community service is based on agroup-dynamics participation the emphasize the importance ofcooperation fun sharing caring and over-all group success that ismutual between UBC dental students and the low-income school childrenwith their families were the students will experience how to explainprocedures kindly to a child apply behavior management when its neededand how to share parents about preventive oral care like fluorideapplication or fissure sealantsOral health promotion on an individual level is effective for reducingplaque levels However there is strong evidence that the changesachieved
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